Siemens S200

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The Siemens S200 is a line of high floor light rail vehicle (LRV). While sharing some characteristics, the vehicles are largely custom-designed to operator specification.

Calgary Transit Series 9

Calgary Transit has ordered 69 LRVs for use on their CTrain network. Dubbed Series 9, they will be used for expansion as well as replacements for their oldest vehicles. The first LRV was estimated to arrive in August 2015[1], however this was pushed back a few months with the first LRV arriving on January 6, 2016. The full order is set to be completed and in service by the end of 2019.

The City of Calgary issued a request for proposals for the LRVs in 2012. Bombardier, CAF, Hyundai-Rotem, Kinki Sharyo, and Siemens each responded. Siemens, whose bid scored the highest, was awarded the $200 million contract in August 2013.[1]

Passengers were given the opportunity to select the look of the cars from three options. The three designs were inspired by cultural and geographical elements significant to the city. "The Buffalo" draws inspiration from the animal, "The Bow" draws inspiration from the Bow River, and "The Mask" draws inspiration from a Calgary Flames goalie mask. The design most favoured by passengers was "The Mask".

The Series 9 LRVs feature increased thermal wall insulation, triple-pane side windows, HVAC adapted to Calgary's climate, and improved visibility for the operator.[2] All exterior lighting is LED. Marker lights are integrated into the A-pillar and a "stopping" sign is located under the windshield. Both are behind gloss black fibre-reinforced polymer.[3]

Following extensive testing and training, the first Series 9 LRVs entered service as a four-car train departing Tuscany Station on July 5, 2016.

Later, 6 additional S200 cars were ordered. These were supposed to be built after the original order was complete, but after delays, they ended up arriving at the same time as the original 63. The first unit of this order was delivered in May of 2019, and the first was put into service on July 11, 2019.

San Francisco MUNI LRV4

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is to receive up to 260 LRVs for the Muni Metro. The LRV4, as they are known, will be used for expansion and eventual replacement of the Breda LRVs. The first 24 LRV4s will go towards the Central Subway capacity and are expected to be delivered between the end of 2016 and 2018. A further 151 LRV4s will go towards replacing the existing fleet. The City exercised Option 1 at the end of March 2015 for an additional 40 LRV4s to be delivered following the first 24. Option 2, consisting of 45 cars remains available.

Selection of the manufacture was based on qualitative and technical characteristics, in addition to cost. The Request for Proposals was issued in September 2013 to manufacturers who had been short-listed based on the Request for Qualifications issued prior. CAF and Siemens each submitted a proposal for evaluation. The SFMTA board authorized the award of contract SFMTA-19-2013 to Siemens, who had achieved the most favourable score.[4]

The Siemens LRVs, which are being manufactured in Sacramento, California, have a lightweight carbody and comply with stringent weight restrictions. A new door design features significantly less parts than the existing LRVs. Modularity and advanced diagnostics are expected to ease maintenance.[4]

Similar to the Calgary Series 9 LRVs, three exterior designs were presented: "Gate", "Presidio", and "Skyline". Each design differed in curvature of the car end as well as headlight configuration. Initial presentations also showed three liveries composed of blue for "Gate", teal for "Presidio", and red for "Skyline". When presented to the public, each exterior wore an adapted version of the current red and silver MUNI livery. Inside colour schemes included red, black, and brown with either transverse or longitudinal seating. The Skyline exterior with a red interior and longitudinal seating layout was most favoured by customers surveyed.

On June 15, 2015, a full-scale mockup was displayed to the public on The Embarcadero. Further design work was carried out through to 2016. Six design changes were later identified. The front steps of the LRV4 is now able to be deployed independently of the others. A coloured block on the destination sign was added as well as a new integrated CAD/AVL system. Operators are be able to enter train identification for the whole train from one cab. A handheld radio charger has been added to the cab. Finally, the LRVs are being provided with Siemens Expert Diagnostic Software.[5]

The first LRV4 was delivered to the Muni Metro East facility on January 13, 2017.[6] It underwent extensive testing and more deliveries followed. The first LRV4 was expected to enter service in late summer 2017. On November 17, the first LRV4 (unit 2006) entered service with an official ceremony on the N-Judah Line. Initially, 24 trains were planned to be in service by the end of 2018. However, Muni now anticipates 68 new vehicles in service over the same period of time.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Light rail vehicle procurement (Press release). City of Calgary. 11 September 2013. Retrieved on 21 September 2013.
  2. Siemens Canada awarded order by City of Calgary to provide next generation of LRT vehicles (Press release) 12 September 2013. Retrieved on 21 September 2013.
  3. Calgary S200 - The Evolution. Siemens Industry Inc., Rail Systems Division. Retrieved on 21 September 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 [1]
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  6. Bialick, Aaron. Your First New Muni Train is in San Francisco. SFMTA. 13 January 2017.
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